The Old Testament saints of God went up to the temple to worship. They went to meet with God. For this reason many a psalm is called “A Song of Ascents.” The church is the New Testament temple. Christians, “as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5). Christians are being made “into a holy temple in the Lord” (Ephesians 2:21), “a dwelling of God in the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:22).
Christians are also citizens of heaven (Philippians 3:20). When they gather, they come “to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect” (Hebrews 12:22-23). The church is the very threshold of heaven.
One way people can draw near to God is by joining in the worship of God with the people of God. No wonder the saints of old and modern saints exclaim, “A day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside. I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness” (Psalm 84:10).
Click here to listen to a lesson based on Psalm 84:10 also called, “The Threshold of Heaven.”